- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A circuit judge from Little Rock has won Senate confirmation to become a federal judge, but that comes with the complication of his father having to exit his post as a U.S. district judge.

The Senate voted 95-4 on Tuesday to confirm Judge James “Jay” Moody Jr. to preside in the Eastern District of Arkansas.

His father, U.S. District Judge James Moody, announced earlier he’d retire if his son was confirmed. The sitting judge’s office said he was still on the bench as of Tuesday.

Jay Moody has been a circuit judge in Pulaski County since 2003 and earlier was a partner in the Wright, Lindsey & Jennings law firm.

Moody had the support of both of Arkansas’ senators, Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Sen. John Boozman.

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